BY ALEXANDRE LETTE
It’s official! The Japanese group NEC is no longer producing smartphones as it cannot profit from them. Although the strong international competition on the market is probably at the heart of this decision, the news was made official on Wednesday by several Japanese media outlets.
NEC was one of the biggest mobile manufacturers in Japan, but with the coming of Apple and Samsung, it lost several market shares over the years, even on the Japanese market which was its strongest base.
The numbers speak for themselves: last year, the group only sold 2,9 million smartphones when it had hoped to sell 4,3 million. Samsung on the other hand sold about 200 million smartphones.
At the moment, the only Japanese smartphone maker in the business against Samsung and Apple is Sony as Panasonic has been left even further behind.